365 of the Best Days

Life can change in an instant. For good or bad, better or worst, devastating or glorious. This realization is what makes life so precious, so important to celebrate, and so important to cherish. This is why it is imperative that we all take the time to reflect on the blessings we are given, to appreciate who we have as friends and family, and to celebrate small and big moments in our lives. We become so busy trying to stay connected to our ever-growing web of responsibilities that, while what I’m saying is obvious, we {and I’m definitely guilty of this} need to be reminded, sometimes physically pulled from, our distractions and tasks and go LIVE this beautiful life.

365 days ago, my husband and I were given a gift that we had both been anxiously anticipating. We knew this gift was going to be exciting, life-changing, hard, imperfectly perfect, and the ultimate reward. We knew this gift was going to be precious, fragile, something to fight daily for, and something to continually seek God for so that we could be the best providers and guides. We knew this gift had a name. Something we had specifically picked out sometime before, so that when spoken, everyone would smile. This gift was Madison Marie, our precious first born daughter, whom was of course, just perfect.


This last year has been one of the greatest of my life. I have become a mother, a stronger wife, a super-human who can still hold a full time job while being able to count the full night’s of sleep I’ve had on one hand {yes that means 5 or less}, a much more sensitive woman, an emotional wreck at times, a winner of “most frequent visits to the pediatricians office”, and someone that finally understands why it’s totally normal to be able to suck boogers, wipe butts, clean who-knows-what off of baby skin with my hands/tongue/whatever, and not even bat an eye.

Our daughter has already taught us both so much about life, ourselves, our marriage, and Jesus – just in 365 days. I know this girl is going to change so many things in the world, because I can see it in her eyes. She has been blessed by Jesus in such an amazing way, and I feel so fortunate to be able to be a part of what He has planned for her. My prayer was, and always is, that she knows Jesus even more than her daddy and I do, and that she will bring so much love and joy to all she meets. She already is fulfilling that prayer.


I love you Madison, Maddie, MadMar, bugs, punks, moody Maddie, Mads – I am so lucky to be your momma. Happy {FIRST} birthday sweetheart!



4 thoughts on “365 of the Best Days”

  • So beautifully written!! She truly is a gift & treasure! So proud of you & Brad & so extremely blessed to call little Miss Maddie pie my neicey!! Love you to pieces! xoxo

  • Awesome Stuff from an Awesome Women, Momma, Sister, Friend!! I love you Sis with all my heart. I can’t believe Maddi is already 1. Every time I see a post of her it brings a huge smile to my face. She is such a blessing!! I so wish I could be there to celebrate with you and know that your in my heart everyday. I love you all so much and I have never been so proud of you, love you! Your Big Bro!! <3

  • OK this got Grammy all teared up with joy ☺ Madison is a true ANGEL from heaven. God broke the mold with this one. Loved your love note to her ♥ Can’t wait to see her Saturday so I can squeeze her and just love on her and laugh as she is a true ham!! Love Grammy ♥

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